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Food Markets, Embassy, Drugstores, Churches and AIDS Walk Focus of Health Insurance Outreach to Millennials

Saturday, November 12, 2016
Weekend events aimed at boosting enrollment of the District’s remaining uninsured

 Contact:
Adam Hudson (202) 527-5622; adam.hudson@dc.gov
Linda Wharton Boyd: (202) 351-9777; linda.wharton-boyd@dc.gov

 

WHAT/WHO:

DC Health Link will be blanketing the District this weekend to help enroll DC’s residents in quality, affordable health plans now that Open Enrollment is in full swing. On Saturday, DC Health Link staff will be on hand at Freedom Plaza for AIDS Walk Washington to provide enrollment assistance and distribute enrollment materials. Also on Saturday, DC Health Link staff will be at three farmers markets to answer enrollment questions and distribute enrollment materials. These markets are run by DC Health Link small customer Community Foodworks, a local nonprofit that focuses on local food access, public health, and community building. A one-touch enrollment center at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School will also be open to enroll residents.

On Sunday, DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority Executive Director Mila Kofman, DC Health Link staff, and its various community partners will join in prayer, praise and worship at the Reid Temple AME Church at Howard Theater for a spiritual launch of the upcoming enrollment season.  In addition to information being shared from the pulpit about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the importance of good health and quality, affordable health insurance coverage through DC Health Link, certified in-person assisters and licensed health insurance brokers will be onsite to provide free, confidential enrollment support and help with plan selection. These experts will also answer questions, and provide information about financial help with plan premiums and Medicaid. Additionally, a bilingual caseworker will be on hand at a second church—Our Lady Queen of the Americas—to provide enrollment assistance and distribute enrollment materials.

WHEN/WHERE:

Friday, November 11, 2016, 2 pm – 6 pm
CVS Pharmacy Project Health In-Store Health Fair

1200 1st Street, NE
Activity: DC Health Link will have an information table at this in-store health fair. DC Health Link staff will be available to distribute enrollment information and provide enrollment assistance.

Friday, November 11, 2016, 9 am – 12 pm
Consulate of Colombia

1101 17th Street, NW #1007
Activity: DC Health Link staff will be available to distribute enrollment information and provide enrollment assistance. A health insurance broker will be on-site to enroll Colombian-American residents.

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 8:00am – 12:00pm
DC Health Link at AIDS Walk

13th Street and Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Freedom Plaza (DC Health Link Tent)
Activity: DC Health Link staff will distribute enrollment information and promotional materials and provide enrollment assistance.

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 9 am – 2 pm
DC Health Link “Market Moves” - Farmers Market Outreach

Three Locations

Kenilworth Market, 3598 Hayes Street, NE; 9 am – 1 pm
Columbia Heights Market, 14th St & Park Rd NW; 9 am – 1 pm
Monroe Market, 716 Monroe Street, NE; 10 am – 2 pm
Activity: DC Health Link will have information tables at all 3 farmers markets and DC Health Link staff will be available to answer enrollment questions. A case manager will be on-site at the Monroe Market to provide enrollment assistance.

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 9 am – 12 pm
One Touch Enrollment Center

Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School
1100 Harvard Street, NW

Sunday, November 13, 2016, 9 am – 1 pm
DC Health Link “From the Pulpit to Pews” Faith-Based Outreach Kick-off

Two Locations
Reid Temple AME DC at Howard Theater, 10 am – 12 pm

620 T Street, NW
Activity: DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority Executive Director Mila Kofman will speak at the worship service. DC Health Link staff will be on-site to enroll residents.

Our Lady Queen of the Americas, 9 am – 1 pm
2200 California Street, NW
Activity: Bilingual caseworker will be on-site to provide enrollment assistance.  Information table with enrollment materials will also be available for churchgoers.

BACKGROUND:           

The Affordable Care Act provides individuals, families, and small businesses in the District of Columbia with affordable options for quality health insurance. DC Health Link is the District’s online health insurance marketplace which allows visitors to shop, compare, and enroll in coverage that fits their needs and budgets.

Open Enrollment for individuals and families begins November 1, 2016 and ends January 31, 2017. There are 20 private health insurance options (including 2 catastrophic plans) from CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente for individuals and families. Eligible District residents can enroll in a health insurance plan online through DCHealthLink.com or by calling (855) 532-LINK [5465]. Eligible residents who enroll on or before December 15, 2016 will have their benefits effective January 1, 2017. After that date, plan selections made by the 15th of each month during Open Enrollment will be effective on the first day of the following month. Small businesses—as well as individuals and families eligible for Medicaid—can enroll through DCHealthLink.com at any point.